Sales Management and Leadership
We used to think great salespeople had been given a gift. While this may still be true, we know today’s sales managers play a key role in developing this gift to meet its full potential. During this two-day interactive online program, Drs. Scott Downey and Dave Downey will use a blend of pre-recorded videos and live sessions to guide you in assessing your people development skills, creating a high-performing culture, using tools to become a more effective coach for your team and more. Videos will provide a foundational understanding of topics to be discussed during the live sessions, and you’ll have the opportunity to directly interact with fellow participants and faculty through online group discussions and activities.
This program is especially beneficial for current supervisors of salespeople, novice sales managers or those who will soon be promoted who are looking to amplify their performance.
For questions about this program or more information on who should participate, please contact Betty Jones-Bliss at firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 549-2883.
“This was a well-thought-out and put together program. The pre-work bled into the class presentations and discussions seamlessly, and the breakout groups were great with meaningful discussions. I have never been part of an online learning course that had this much participation.” – Tara Lexvold, Senior Market Systems Specialist, Compeer Financial
During this program, you will:
- Increase your knowledge of tools and approaches that have evolved as a result of changing market dynamics;
- Learn to categorize traits of successful sellers to effectively recruit, retain and evaluate your team;
- Practice handling management situations, such as retaining good salespeople and dealing with challenging employees;
- Discover how your internal strengths can maximize team performance;
- Identify components of a strong sales culture and ways to measure and grow your team’s culture.
“This program provided time for an inward look at my management and leadership skills. A great takeaway/reminder I gained is to be careful of jumping to a solution too quickly. Instead, think about the challenges and tools needed to address the situation.” – Joe Murphy, Senior Manager of International Ammonia & Industrial Sales, Nutrien Ag Solutions
The Future of Selling and Metrics for Sales Outcomes
The evolution of customer-focused marketing has progressed from the product era where the company was in control to the market era where the customer is driving decisions. This has caused significant implications for the sales process, consequently impacting sales managers. During this session, you’ll explore sales managers’ role in prioritizing and allocating resources and measuring efforts and results.
Development Assets and Engaging with Your Salespeople
This session will focus on the assets salespeople and managers use to maximize sales performance and ways managers can draw from these assets to develop others. You’ll also explore research on the frequency in which these tools are used in agribusiness today.
Changing Sales Organization Culture
Changing company sales culture can be a major challenge for any organization. Hear real-life examples of organizations that have successfully shifted their sales culture and processes.
Coaching at Work
Coaching processes and techniques are critical to the development of individuals and creating a synergistic team. In this session, you’ll have the unique opportunity to hear from Purdue Athletics coaches and experience the crossover between coaching athletes and coaching business professionals.
Intentional Planning for Interactions with Your Salespeople
From baby boomers to millennials, retaining good employees is critical. This session will help you understand the importance of giving feedback and having a career path for individuals across generations.
*Please note that Indiana is on Eastern Standard Time (EST) during this conference.
*A printable pdf of the agenda is available for download here.
What to Expect During the Sales Management and Leadership Program
Over the last year, the Center for Food and Agricultural Business has developed tools to bring world-class experiences into the online education environment. In doing so, session facilitators have made the same networking and engagement opportunities found in in-person programs a top priority in this virtual program.
Two weeks prior to the program, you’ll access videos from each instructor that overviews the objectives for their session as well overviews the concepts they will bring to class. This pre-work will allow you to focus on interaction in small groups with your peers and with the instructor, as you participate in the live sessions.
You can learn more about how we’re keeping key program takeaways and benefits at the center of our online professional development workshops in Aissa Good’s latest blog, Rethinking Online Learning.
Schedule at a Glance
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Course Kick-off and Overview
The Future of Selling
Metrics for Managing Sales Outcomes
Panel discussion with James Reeder and Advisa
Identifying Characteristics of Good Sales People
Wrap up and preview afternoon
Managing Outcomes and Salesperson Effectiveness (con’t)
Conclude Live Sessions for Day 1
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Debrief and Reflect on Day 1
Common Challenges for Sales Managers – Mini-Case Scenario Activity
Summarize Challenges and Ways to Address
Wrap up and preview afternoon
Intentional Planning with Sales People
- How do you see yourself adapting to a changing agri-selling environment?
Sales Management Strategies for the Future
Wrap Up and Reflection
Conclude Live Sessions for Day 2
Travel and Information
Krannert, Purdue University, Room 758
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
We have a room block reserved for the group, checking in on Tuesday, May 26 and checking out on Thursday, May 28. If you have not done so already, please contact the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette to make your reservation ahead of time and mention that you are with Sales Management Leadership 2020 to receive the $103 room rate. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11:00 a.m.
Arrival and Departure/Transportation
Covered parking is available at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Hilton Garden Inn has a free shuttle that you may reserve at the front desk to take to campus. There is also guest parking in the Grant Street Parking Garage if you choose to drive to campus. A parking pass to exit the garage will be provided at registration.
Please eat breakfast before attending the program. We will provide lunch to the group both days. Coffee, soft drinks and refreshments will be available throughout each day, as well.
What to Wear
Attire for the conference is business casual. May in Indiana is typically a low of 63 degrees with a high of 80 degrees. Layers are recommended for the classroom.
Materials will be provided for you throughout the program. All of the presentations will also be emailed to you following the program.
Payment for the seminar is due upon registration.
Please refer to our cancellation policy. You can make a substitution at any time.
For more information, contact:
Key Account Manager
Program Cancellation Policy
If a participant is unable to attend a Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business program, the participant may choose to: 1) transfer their registration fee to another participant within the same company, or 2) choose to receive a credit for the same program or another program that takes place within the 12 months following the originally booked event. However, a request to use a credit must be received no less than 30 days prior to the program start date, otherwise the credit will not be valid. No refunds will be issued regardless of cancellation date.
The Center for Food and Agricultural Business reserves the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the program non-viable. If a program is cancelled, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of a program, the Center for Food and Agricultural Business has the right to either issue a full refund or transfer registration to the same program on the new future date. The Center for Food and Agricultural Business will not be responsible for reimbursement of any participant expenses related to the cancellation or postponement of an event.